23 May, 2017

{ARC Review} The Sandcastle Empire by Kayla Olson

The Sandcastle Empire by Kayla Olson
Standalone Novel
Publishes June 6, 2017 by HarperTeen
e-ARC provided by Edelweiss
When all hope is gone, how do you survive?

Before the war, Eden’s life was easy—air conditioning, ice cream, long days at the beach. Then the revolution happened, and everything changed.

Now a powerful group called the Wolfpack controls the earth and its resources. Eden has lost everything to them. They killed her family and her friends, destroyed her home, and imprisoned her. But Eden refuses to die by their hands. She knows the coordinates to the only neutral ground left in the world, a place called Sanctuary Island, and she is desperate to escape to its shores.


Eden finally reaches the island and meets others resistant to the Wolves—but the solace is short-lived when one of Eden’s new friends goes missing. Braving the jungle in search of their lost ally, they quickly discover Sanctuary is filled with lethal traps and an enemy they never expected.

This island might be deadlier than the world Eden left behind, but surviving it is the only thing that stands between her and freedom.

22 May, 2017

{Recap} April and that Surprising Thing Called A Hiatus?


This been a loooong time coming but I'm a believer in better late than never. More than midway through May, I present you all the April things and a small explanation!

04 May, 2017

{Cover Reveal} The Dragons of Nova by Elise Kova


Today, Elise Kova and Rockstar Book Tours and revealing the cover for The Dragons of Nova, which releases July 11, 2017!
Check out the gorgeous cover and enter to win a signed ARC of the book!

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01 May, 2017

{DNF Review} The Wishing Heart by J.C. Welker

The Wishing Heart by J.C. Welkey
Standalone Novel
Publishes May 1, 2017 by Entangled Teen
e-ARC provided by publisher
With a book in her bag and a switchblade in her pocket, Rebel's been thieving her way through life while hoping for a cure to fix her ailing heart.

WBut when the bejeweled vase she just tried to hawk turns out to be a jinni's vessel, Rebel gets lost to her world and dragged within another. Now every magical being in the city wants the vase for himself.

Thrust into a game of cat and mouse in a world she never knew existed, Rebel must use her uncanny skills to find a way to free Anjeline the Wishmaker.

But wishes have consequences. And contracts. Anjeline's freedom could unravel a love like Rebel has never known, or it could come at the cost of Rebel's heart...

30 April, 2017

Stacking the Shelves {27}

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So, from April 24th to April 30th, I got...

27 April, 2017

Swoon Thursday {27} Want by Cindy Pon

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in which we share something that made us swoon in the
book we're currently reading or recently finished.

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This week I'm featuring Want by Cindy Pon!



26 April, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday {28} That Inevitable Victorian Thing by E.K. Johnston

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25 April, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday {29} Things That'll Make Me NOT Wanna Read A Book

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This week's TTT topic is...

Top ten things that will make me not wanna read a book

24 April, 2017

{ARC Review} Breaker and the Sun by Lauren Nicolle Taylor

Breaker and the Sun by Lauren Nicolle Taylor
Paper Stars, book 2 (companion series)
Publishes May 8, 2017 by Clean Teen Publishing Inc.
e-ARC provided by publisher
New from Lauren Nicolle Taylor, the best-selling author of Nora and Kettle, comes a fresh take on a classic tale.

Breaker Van Winkle is a recently returned Vietnam vet, struggling with PTSD and the difficulties of readjusting to civilian life with his mother. Eighteen-year-old Sunny is a high-achieving Chinese-French immigrant who fled Vietnam during the war. Sunny is usually as cheerful as her name implies, but she has her struggles too. Haunted by violent memories of the bombing that killed her parents, and chafing under the rule of her eccentric grandmother, she finds solace deep in the Catskills, at a place she calls the Ugly Tree.

When Breaker stumbles upon Sunny and the Ugly Tree, things start to change. They are drawn to each other, and feel called to the tree. As they spend more time together and their relationship deepens, they notice that their time at the tree is becoming twisted somehow. Sunny's mind yawns and her ambitions begin to slip away. Breaker feels safe and carefree, his memories finally burying themselves in the distant past. They are being lulled toward a tempting, peaceful sleep--but there is a cost to this magical serenity, and it may be more than either of them can bear...

23 April, 2017

Stacking the Shelves {26}

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So, from April 18th to April 23rd, I got...

20 April, 2017

Swoon Thursday {26} Breaker and the Sun by Lauren Nicolle Taylor

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book we're currently reading or recently finished.

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This week I'm featuring Breaker and the Sun by Lauren Nicolle Taylor!


19 April, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday {27} Dreamfall by Amy Plum

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This week's WoW is...

18 April, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday {28} Things That'll Make Me Wanna Read A Book

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This week's TTT topic is...

Top ten that will make me instantly want to read a book

17 April, 2017

{ARC Review} Flame in the Mist by Renée Ahdieh

Flame in the Mist by Renée Ahdieh
Flame in the Mist, book 1
Publishes May 16, 2017 by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
e-ARC provided by Netgalley
The daughter of a prominent samurai, Mariko has long known her place—she may be an accomplished alchemist, whose cunning rivals that of her brother Kenshin, but because she is not a boy, her future has always been out of her hands. At just seventeen years old, Mariko is promised to Minamoto Raiden, the son of the emperor's favorite consort—a political marriage that will elevate her family's standing. But en route to the imperial city of Inako, Mariko narrowly escapes a bloody ambush by a dangerous gang of bandits known as the Black Clan, who she learns has been hired to kill her before she reaches the palace.

Dressed as a peasant boy, Mariko sets out to infiltrate the ranks of the Black Clan, determined to track down the person responsible for the target on her back. But she's quickly captured and taken to the Black Clan’s secret hideout, where she meets their leader, the rebel ronin Takeda Ranmaru, and his second-in-command, his best friend Okami. Still believing her to be a boy, Ranmaru and Okami eventually warm to Mariko, impressed by her intellect and ingenuity. As Mariko gets closer to the Black Clan, she uncovers a dark history of secrets, of betrayal and murder, which will force her to question everything she's ever known.

Stacking the Shelves {25}

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So, from April 10th to April 17th, I got...

13 April, 2017

Swoon Thursday {25} Song of the Current by Sarah Tolcser

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in which we share something that made us swoon in the
book we're currently reading or recently finished.

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This week I'm featuring Song of the Current by Sarah Tolcser!


12 April, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday {26} Rebel Seoul by Axie Oh

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Jill at Breaking the Spine, which spotlights a
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This week's WoW is...

11 April, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday {27} Unique Books I've Read

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This week's TTT topic is...

Top ten unique books I've read

09 April, 2017

Stacking the Shelves {24}

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which showcases recent additions to our shelves.

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So, from April 3rd to April 9th, I got...

06 April, 2017

Swoon Thursday {24} When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

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in which we share something that made us swoon in the
book we're currently reading or recently finished.


This week I'm featuring When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon!


05 April, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday {25} Invictus by Ryan Graudin

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This week's WoW is...

04 April, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday {26} Fandoms I'm In!

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Top ten fandoms I'm a part of

03 April, 2017

{ARC Review} Immortal Fire by Annette Marie

Immortal Fire by Annette Marie
Red Winter Trilogy, book 3
Publishes April 11, 2017 by Dark Owl Fantasy Inc.
e-ARC provided by author
Once, Emi believed the heavenly gods were righteous and wise, while the earthly yokai spirits were bloodthirsty and evil. But with a traitorous deity poised to destroy her world, and the yokai standing as humanity's only defense, the lies of her upbringing have toppled to reveal a far more terrifying reality.

Despite the looming threat, Emi can't escape her greatest distraction: Shiro, the fox yokai who has so deftly claimed her heart for his own. Soon—too soon—she will have to break the curse that binds his magic and memories. And once the ancient power inside him awakens, the yokai she loves will be changed forever.

As the earthly gods gather to wage war against the heavens, Emi and Shiro must gamble everything to turn the tide against their immortal, all-powerful foes. Together, they will find a way to save her world—even if it means losing each other.

02 April, 2017

Stacking the Shelves {23}

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So, from March 27th to April 2nd, I got...

01 April, 2017

{Recap} March, Midterms, and Spring Break!


IT'S APRIIIIIIL! Oh, how the time passes by and oh, how I'm not complaining. Welcome to month #3 of recaps, feat: me and my messiness. Let's jump in!

30 March, 2017

Swoon Thursday {23} Chase the Dark by Annette Marie

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in which we share something that made us swoon in the
book we're currently reading or recently finished.


This week I'm featuring Chase the Dark by Annette Marie!


29 March, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday {24} Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao

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{ARC Review} Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett

Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett
Standalone Novel
Publishes April 4, 2017 by Simon Pulse
e-ARC provided by Edelweiss
In this delightfully charming teen spin on You’ve Got Mail, the one guy Bailey Rydell can’t stand is actually the boy of her dreams—she just doesn’t know it yet.

Classic movie buff Bailey “Mink” Rydell has spent months crushing on a witty film geek she only knows online by “Alex.” Two coasts separate the teens until Bailey moves in with her dad, who lives in the same California surfing town as her online crush


Faced with doubts (what if he’s a creep in real life—or worse?), Bailey doesn’t tell Alex she’s moved to his hometown. Or that she’s landed a job at the local tourist-trap museum. Or that she’s being heckled daily by the irritatingly hot museum security guard, Porter Roth—a.k.a. her new arch-nemesis. But life is whole lot messier than the movies, especially when Bailey discovers that tricky fine line between hate, love, and whatever-it-is she’s starting to feel for Porter.

And as the summer months go by, Bailey must choose whether to cling to a dreamy online fantasy in Alex or take a risk on an imperfect reality with Porter. The choice is both simpler and more complicated than she realizes, because Porter Roth is hiding a secret of his own: Porter is Alex… Approximately.

28 March, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday {25} Authors I Want to Meet

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This week's TTT topic is...

Top ten authors I really want to meet.

{ARC Review} Duels & Deception by Cindy Anstey

Duels & Deception by Cindy Anstey
Standalone Novel
Publishes April 11, 2017 by Swoon Reads
e-ARC provided by Netgalley
Miss Lydia Whitfield, heiress to the family fortune, has her future entirely planned out. She will run the family estate until she marries the man of her late father's choosing, and then she will spend the rest of her days as a devoted wife. Confident in those arrangements, Lydia has tasked her young law clerk, Mr. Robert Newton, to begin drawing up the marriage contracts. Everything is going according to plan.

Until Lydia—and Robert along with her—is kidnapped. Someone is after her fortune and won't hesitate to destroy her reputation to get it. With Robert's help, Lydia strives to keep her family's good name intact and expose whoever is behind the devious plot. But as their investigation delves deeper and their affections for each other grow, Lydia starts to wonder whether her carefully planned future is in fact what she truly wants….

27 March, 2017

{ARC Review} A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi

A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi
The Star-Touched Queen, book 2 [companion book]
Publishes March 28, 2017 by St. Martin's Griffin
e-ARC provided by Netgalley
Gauri, the princess of Bharata, has been taken as a prisoner of war by her kingdom’s enemies. Faced with a future of exile and scorn, Gauri has nothing left to lose. Hope unexpectedly comes in the form of Vikram, the cunning prince of a neighboring land and her sworn enemy kingdom. Unsatisfied with becoming a mere puppet king, Vikram offers Gauri a chance to win back her kingdom in exchange for her battle prowess. Together, they’ll have to set aside their differences and team up to win the Tournament of Wishes—a competition held in a mythical city where the Lord of Wealth promises a wish to the victor.

Reaching the tournament is just the beginning. Once they arrive, danger takes on new shapes: poisonous courtesans and mischievous story birds, a feast of fears and twisted fairy revels.

Every which way they turn new trials will test their wit and strength. But what Gauri and Vikram will soon discover is that there’s nothing more dangerous than what they most desire.

26 March, 2017

Stacking the Shelves {22}

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which showcases recent additions to our shelves.


So, from March 20th to March 26th, I got...

{Series Review} A Whole Lotta Fire & Sass


Hello friends! I'm bringing you two reviews today of my latest reads! It's full of action, friendships, and sarcasm, and I absolutely loved it. Here's Firebug and its followup, Pyromantic by Lish McBride!

23 March, 2017

Swoon Thursday {22} Duels & Deception by Cindy Anstey

Swoon Thursday is a weekly feature hosted by #YABound
in which we share something that made us swoon in the
book we're currently reading or recently finished.


This week I'm featuring Duels & Deception by Cindy Anstey!


22 March, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday {23} Warcross by Marie Lu

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book we're hotly anticipating.


This week's WoW is...

21 March, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday {24} Read in a Sitting

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This week's TTT topic is...

Top ten books I read in one sitting!

19 March, 2017

Stacking the Shelves {21}

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which showcases recent additions to our shelves.


So, from March 6th to March 19th, I got...

17 March, 2017

A Very ARC-ish Readathon + A Hesitant TBR


Hi, guys! A Very ARC-ish Readathon is a challenge for the month of April and it's hosted by the amazing Aimal from Bookshelves & Paperbacks! Find out more about #AVAReadathon HERE!

16 March, 2017

Swoon Thursday {21} A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi

Swoon Thursday is a weekly feature hosted by #YABound
in which we share something that made us swoon in the
book we're currently reading or recently finished.


This week I'm featuring A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi!


15 March, 2017

{Mini Reviews} The Here & Now


Hello friends! Three quick reviews this time, featuring my latest contemporary reads.
These include Karole Cozzo's The Truth About Happily Ever After [ARC], Kasie West's By Your Side, and Clarisse David's Keeping the Distance!

Waiting on Wednesday {22} Immortal Fire by Annette Marie

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book we're hotly anticipating.


This week's WoW is...

14 March, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday {23} Books on My Spring TBR

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This week's TTT topic is...

Top ten books on my spring TBR!

{ARC Review} These Ruthless Deeds by Tarun Shanker & Kelly Zekas

These Ruthless Deeds by Tarun Shanker & Kelly Zekas
These Vicious Masks, book 2
Published March 14, 2017 by Swoon Reads
e-ARC provided by Netgalley
England, 1883. Still recovering from a devastating loss, Evelyn is determined to use her powers to save other gifted people from those who would harm them. But when her rescue of a young telekinetic girl goes terribly wrong, Evelyn finds herself indebted to a secret society devoted to recruiting and protecting people like Evelyn and her friends.

As she follows the Society’s orders, healing the sick and embarking on perilous recruitment missions, Evelyn sees her problems disappear. Her reputation is repaired, her friends are provided for, and her parents are newly wealthy. She reunites with the dashing Mr. Kent and recovers the reclusive Mr. Braddock (who has much less to brood over now that the Society can help him to control his dangerous power). But Evelyn can’t help fearing the Society is more sinister than it appears...

09 March, 2017

Swoon Thursday {20} Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody

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in which we share something that made us swoon in the
book we're currently reading or recently finished.


This week I'm featuring Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody!


08 March, 2017

07 March, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday {22} Best Debuts

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This week's TTT topic is...

Freebie! I chose my top debuts thus far!

05 March, 2017

Stacking the Shelves {19}

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly feature hosted by Tynga's Reviews
which showcases recent additions to our shelves.


So, from February 26th to March 5th, I got...

03 March, 2017

{Recap} February, onto March, and What a Disaster


Hey, guys, hey! Welcome to my second recap post, for the month of February!
TL;DR: probably self loathing, a few books, and raving? Who knows.
(I totally make this up as I go along)

02 March, 2017

Swoon Thursday {19} The Last of August by Brittany Cavallaro

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in which we share something that made us swoon in the
book we're currently reading or recently finished.


This week I'm featuring The Last of August by Brittany Cavallaro!


01 March, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday {20} Hunted by Meagan Spooner

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28 February, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday {21} Cover Lust, But Such a Bust!

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This week's TTT topic is...

Freebie! I chose books with beautiful covers that ended up being so disappointing

25 February, 2017

Stacking the Shelves {18}

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which showcases recent additions to our shelves.


So, from February 19th to February 25th, I got...

23 February, 2017

Swoon Thursday {18} A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab

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in which we share something that made us swoon in the
book we're currently reading or recently finished.


This week I'm featuring A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab!


Waiting on Wednesday {19} Speak Easy, Speak Love by McKelle George

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book we're hotly anticipating.


This week's WoW is...

21 February, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday {20} I Didn't Expect This From You!

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This week's TTT topic is...

Top ten books you loved more/less than you expected

{ARC Review} Geekerella by Ashley Poston


Geekerella by Ashley Poston
Published April 4, 2017 by Quirk Books
Standalone Novel
e-ARC provided by Edelweiss
Geek girl Elle Wittimer lives and breathes Starfield, the classic sci-fi series she grew up watching with her late father. So when she sees a cosplay contest for a new Starfield movie, she has to enter. The prize? An invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball, and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. With savings from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck (and her dad’s old costume), Elle’s determined to win…unless her stepsisters get there first.

Teen actor Darien Freeman used to live for cons—before he was famous. Now they’re nothing but autographs and awkward meet-and-greets. Playing Carmindor is all he’s ever wanted, but Starfield fandom has written him off as just another dumb heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, Darien feels more and more like a fake—until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise. But when she disappears at midnight, will he ever be able to find her again?

Part romance, part love letter to nerd culture, and all totally adorbs, Geekerella is a fairy tale for anyone who believes in the magic of fandom.

18 February, 2017

Stacking the Shelves {17}

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So, from February 12th to February 18th, I got...

17 February, 2017

{Review} Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken

Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken
Passenger, book 2
Published January 3, 2017 by Disney-Hyperion
All Etta Spencer wanted was to make her violin debut when she was thrust into a treacherous world where the struggle for power could alter history. After losing the one thing that would have allowed her to protect the Timeline, and the one person worth fighting for, Etta awakens alone in an unknown place and time, exposed to the threat of the two groups who would rather see her dead than succeed. When help arrives, it comes from the last person Etta ever expected—Julian Ironwood, the Grand Master’s heir who has long been presumed dead, and whose dangerous alliance with a man from Etta’s past could put them both at risk.

Meanwhile, Nicholas and Sophia are racing through time in order to locate Etta and the missing astrolabe with Ironwood travelers hot on their trail. They cross paths with a mercenary-for-hire, a cheeky girl named Li Min who quickly develops a flirtation with Sophia. But as the three of them attempt to evade their pursuers, Nicholas soon realizes that one of his companions may have ulterior motives.

As Etta and Nicholas fight to make their way back to one another, from Imperial Russia to the Vatican catacombs, time is rapidly shifting and changing into something unrecognizable… and might just run out on both of them.

16 February, 2017

Swoon Thursday {17} The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

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in which we share something that made us swoon in the
book we're currently reading or recently finished.


This week I'm featuring The Coldest Girl in Coldtown Holly Black!


15 February, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday {18} Devils & Thieves

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14 February, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday {19} Favourite Romances from Books

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This week's TTT topic is...

Top ten favourite romances from books

13 February, 2017

{ARC Review} Heartstone by Elle Katharine White

Heartstone by Elle Katharine White
Standalone Novel
Published January 17, 2017 by Harper Voyager
e-ARC provided by Edelweiss
A debut historical fantasy that recasts Jane Austen’s beloved Pride & Prejudice in an imaginative world of wyverns, dragons, and the warriors who fight alongside them against the monsters that threaten the kingdom: gryphons, direwolves, lamias, banshees, and lindworms.

They say a Rider in possession of a good blade must be in want of a monster to slay—and Merybourne Manor has plenty of monsters.


Passionate, headstrong Aliza Bentaine knows this all too well; she’s already lost one sister to the invading gryphons. So when Lord Merybourne hires a band of Riders to hunt down the horde, Aliza is relieved her home will soon be safe again.

Her relief is short-lived. With the arrival of the haughty and handsome dragonrider, Alastair Daired, Aliza expects a battle; what she doesn’t expect is a romantic clash of wills, pitting words and wit against the pride of an ancient house. Nor does she anticipate the mystery that follows them from Merybourne Manor, its roots running deep as the foundations of the kingdom itself, where something old and dreadful slumbers . . . something far more sinister than gryphons.

It’s a war Aliza is ill-prepared to wage, on a battlefield she’s never known before: one spanning kingdoms, class lines, and the curious nature of her own heart.

Elle Katharine White infuses elements of Austen’s beloved novel with her own brand of magic, crafting a modern epic fantasy that conjures a familiar yet wondrously unique new world.

11 February, 2017

Stacking the Shelves {16} Mother of all Books

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly feature hosted by Tynga's Reviews
which showcases recent additions to our shelves.


So, from January 30th to February 11th, I got...

09 February, 2017

Swoon Thursday {16} The Traitor's Kiss by Erin Beaty

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in which we share something that made us swoon in the
book we're currently reading or recently finished.


This week I'm featuring The Traitor's Kiss by Erin Beaty!


08 February, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday {17} The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich

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{Review} Mafiosa by Catherine Doyle

Mafiosa by Catherine Doyle
Blood fir Blood, book 3
Published January 5, 2017 by Chicken House
A blood war rages on the streets of Chicago.

Protected by an infamous mafia family, Sophie is living a dangerous lie, pretending to lead a normal life. But the deceit can’t last for ever. Her heart belongs to a killer and Sophie’s the prime target of a rival clan. She’s determined to seek revenge on her mother’s murderers, but can she pay the price – can she be a mafiosa?

The third and final instalment in the explosive YA Blood for Blood series which started with Vendetta and Inferno.

07 February, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday {18} Books I Wish Had Less Romance

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by
the wonderful people at The Broke and the Bookish.


This week's TTT topic is...

Top ten books I wish had less romance!

{Review} The Secret of a Heart Note by Stacey Lee

The Secret of a Heart Note by Stacey Lee
Standalone Novel
Published December 27, 2016 by Katherine Tegan Books
Love chose me, and I tried, but I couldn’t stop the arrow in its flight.

As one of only two aromateurs left on the planet, fifteen-year-old Mimosa knows what her future holds: a lifetime of using her extraordinary sense of smell to mix base notes, top notes, and heart notes into elixirs that help others fall in love.

All while remaining incurably alone. For Mim, the rules are clear—falling in love would render her nose useless, taking away her one great talent. Still, Mimosa doesn’t want to spend her life elbow-deep in soil and begonias. She dreams of a normal high school existence—taking up a sport and limping away flush from victory, joining the debate club and saying things like “That’s a logical fallacy!” Having a boyfriend.


When she accidentally gives an elixir to the wrong woman and has to rely on the school soccer star to help fix the situation, Mim quickly begins to realize that when it comes to falling in love, the choice isn’t always hers to make.

06 February, 2017

{Recap} January, onto February, and a Look in Between


Hey, guys, hey! Welcome to my first ever recap post, January 2k17 edition.
A TL;DR: books, #aboutme, and February reads! Yay!!

03 February, 2017

Err. Swoon Friday {?}

Swoon Thursday Friday is a weekly feature hosted by
#YABound by yours truly because I forgot Swoon Thursday... again,
in which we share something that made us swoon in the
book we're currently reading or recently finished.


This week I'm featuring By Your Side by Kasie West!


01 February, 2017

{ARC Review} Poison's Kiss by Breeana Shields


Poison's Kiss by Breeana Shields
Poison's Kiss, book 1
Published January 10, 2017 by Random House Books for Young Readers
e-ARC provided by Netgalley

A teenage assassin kills with a single kiss until she is ordered to kill the one boy she loves. This commercial YA fantasy is romantic and addictive—like a poison kiss—and will thrill fans of Sarah J. Maas and Victoria Aveyard.

Marinda has kissed dozens of boys. They all die afterward. It's a miserable life, but being a visha kanya—a poison maiden—is what she was created to do. Marinda serves the Raja by dispatching his enemies with only her lips as a weapon.

Until now, the men she was ordered to kiss have been strangers, enemies of the kingdom. Then she receives orders to kiss Deven, a boy she knows too well to be convinced he needs to die. She begins to question who she's really working for. And that is a thread that, once pulled, will unravel more than she can afford to lose.

This rich, surprising, and accessible debut is based in Indian folklore and delivers a story that will keep readers on the edge of their seats.

Waiting on Wednesday {16} 27 Hours by Tristina Wright

Waiting on Wednesday is a weely feature hosted by
Jill at Breaking the Spine, which spotlights a
book we're hotly anticipating.


This week's WoW is...

31 January, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday {17} All about the Visuals

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by
the wonderful people at The Broke and the Bookish.


This week's TTT topic is...

Top ten favourite graphic novels/comics or comics on my TBR

28 January, 2017

Stacking the Shelves {15}

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly feature hosted by Tynga's Reviews
which showcases recent additions to our shelves.


So, from January 15th to January 29th, I got...

{ARC Review} Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton


Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton
Rebel of the Sands, book 2
Published March 7, 2017 by Viking Books for Young Readers (US)
e-ARC provided by Edelweiss

The sizzling, un-put-downable sequel to the bestselling Rebel of the Sands!

Mere months ago, gunslinger Amani al'Hiza fled her dead-end hometown on the back of a mythical horse with the mysterious foreigner Jin, seeking only her own freedom. Now she's fighting to liberate the entire desert nation of Miraji from a bloodthirsty sultan who slew his own father to capture the throne.

When Amani finds herself thrust into the epicenter of the regime—the Sultan's palace—she's determined to bring the tyrant down. Desperate to uncover the Sultan's secrets by spying on his court, she tries to forget that Jin disappeared just as she was getting closest to him, and that she's a prisoner of the enemy. But the longer she remains, the more she questions whether the Sultan is really the villain she's been told he is, and who’s the real traitor to her sun-bleached, magic-filled homeland.

Forget everything you thought you knew about Miraji, about the rebellion, about djinni and Jin and the Blue-Eyed Bandit. In Traitor to the Throne, the only certainty is that everything will change.